John Tyler Elementary School
3649 Hartford Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Phone: (757) 393-8879
Fax: (757) 393-5876


Welcome to John Tyler. We are a school with an outstanding faculty and staff who are committed to providing a student-centered environment where students will academically succeed.

                     - Ms. Heidi M. Lewis


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Our Tigers enjoyed the Fall Festival, sponsored by REACH Reads!JTES celebrates our Active Duty and Veteran Armed Forces!Ebenezer Baptist Church partners with JTES to ensure a successful school year!Thank you, Alpha Kappa Alpha members, for welcoming our Tigers back to school!JTES Watch D.O.G.S.- Dads of Great Students!JTES Staff is excited for 2019-20!JTES welcomes our new teachers for 2019-20!2019-20 will be our best year yet!

Our Tigers enjoyed the Fall Festival, sponsored by REACH Reads!

JTES celebrates our Active Duty and Veteran Armed Forces!

Ebenezer Baptist Church partners with JTES to ensure a successful school year!

Thank you, Alpha Kappa Alpha members, for welcoming our Tigers back to school!

JTES Watch D.O.G.S.- Dads of Great Students!

JTES Staff is excited for 2019-20!

JTES welcomes our new teachers for 2019-20!

2019-20 will be our best year yet!


Important Dates:

January 13-January 24, 2020- Benchmark Testing
Monday, January 13 - 5th grade Reading
Tuesday, January 14 - 3rd & 6th grade Reading
Wednesday, January 15 - 4th grade Reading
Thursday, January 16 - 6th & 5th grade Math
Friday, January 17 - 3rd & 4th grade Math

Monday, January 20- No School- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 27- No School- Teacher Workday

Our School Hours Have Changed!

Instruction will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
We will open doors at 8:40 a.m. and class promptly starts at 9:00 am!!!

Congratulations to Mr. Clyde Parker, our 2019-20 Teacher of the Year!
Mr. Parker, 2019-20 Teacher of the Year

Order your JTES Yearbook today!  Click HERE to order online!

Yearbook Ad

Our Before/After Care provider for the 2019-20 school year will be AlphaBest! 
Click here for more information!
Alpha Best Before and After Care Flyer

Ms. Lewis, Principal of the Year

Kim Jones, Winner of President's Cup and PTA Volunteer of the Year

Join OUR TEAM - JOIN the JTES PTA for only $6.00

John Tyler Elementary School's regular hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.  Children are dismissed at 1:30 p.m. on early release days.

​Breakfast starts daily at 8:40 a.m.

Choose drinks with less added sugar. Teach kids how to recognize drinks that are high in added sugars. Encourage them to choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Kids should drink 2 to 3 cups of low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk a day, depending on age. 


Offer kids fruits and vegetables during meals and snacks. Try new fruits and veggies together as a family. 


Help kids discover fun ways to stay busy and active this summer. Limit TV and video game time to no more than 1-2 hours a day. 

Kids need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. Help your family get moving with games, dancing, and more


Join Our PTA

PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. Today's PTA is comprised of 5 million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children. We speak with one voice for every child.

Today, the issues affecting our children extend beyond their individual schools. The PTA's nationwide network provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states, and across the nation. This mission is unique to the PTA. Learn more here.

To join, please contact Mrs. Kim Jones

Vision Statement

It is the vision of John Tyler Elementary School to fulfill our mandate as a public school, helping students attain the highest possible standards as established by our school board and our state.

In recognizing the need for a strong academic base, teachers (and staff) will stress skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and technology. The arts and physical education will be recognized for their importance in the development of the whole individual.

We Believe

  • We believe our school should provide a quality education for all students.
  • We believe in the important contribution parents, volunteers, and community partners can make, and we actively seek their participation in providing a quality program.
  • We believe our school should be a place where each student leaves with a sense of accomplishment and a desire to return the next day.

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